Experts and BHG readers answer.
DOGWOOD DIDN'T BLOOM
Thanks for writing. If you planted it late summer or fall of 2008, it may be simply be putting its energy into getting established into flowers. This is pretty normal --- and actually a good thing. If this is what's going on, it should bloom fine next year.
Other reasons, though, for dogwoods not to bloom include: Too much shade, being pruned too hard or at the wrong time of year, having the flower buds die over winter due to especially cold temperatures or an late-spring frost, or dealing with stress (such as from drought, root damage, etc.).
If the plant looks healthy, I'd be patient. It'll probably start blooming in 2010.
---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com "